Robert E Martin


Robert E. Martin is co-founder, Editor, & Publisher of Review Magazine, an independent publication of news, the arts, and culture, which was established in 1979. He graduated from Albion College & the University of Sussex, in Brighton England, and has also contributed to many statewide and national publications.
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Last year I published a couple of articles concerning the dangerous precedent that the Powers That Be in Lansing are setting by selling off large amounts of our mineral rights to natural gas developers eager to capitalize on the dangerous, unstable, and potentially catastrophic process known as 'hydro-fracking.

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The jingle jangle of red hot Jazz will be bountiful as restaurateur and vocalist extraordinaire Molly McFadden fires up the Michigan Jazz Trail Big Band to stoke the yuletide log this holiday season with The Michigan Jazz Trail Christmas Show, happening on Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 PM within the inviting embrace of Saginaw's historic Temple Theatre.

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“It doesn't matter how much money you make as long as you love what you do.” - Al Limberg    With the recent passing of Al Limberg, the Tri-cities has lost a significant linchpin that helped hold the musical community together not only as a top notch sound technician, but through his expansive commitment to all facets of our cultural community.

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Bay City Mayoral Candidates Clash Over Water Rate Bay City's Mayoral race between incumbent Chris Shannon and challenger Kathleen Newsham has heated up significantly over assertions made by the respective candidates in the Mayoral Forum that appeared in our last edition of The Review.

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Darius Rucker's follow-up to his platinum 2008 album Learn To Live, debuted at the top of the country album charts on October 12, 2010. Produced by Frank Rogers, the release included his fastest rising single to date, Come Back Song, which spent a multiple week #1 on the Billboard Singles chart.

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The Review is pleased to announce that A Community Tribute to Michael C. Brush will take place on Friday, October 14th from 7-9 PM at the Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy Performing Arts Auditorium, 1903 N.

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Violiin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn is one of more significant soloists circulating in the world of classical music, distinguished not only by her talent but also the unique partnership that she shares with her 1720 Red ‘Mendelssohn’ Stradivarius violin, which inspired the award winning film The Red Violin.

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The Sisters Rosensweig is a play by Wendy Wasserstein that first opened in April 1992 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. It was applauded by critics for breaking theatrical ground because of the way it concentrates on a non-traditional cast of three middle-aged women and the arc of their lives.

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As reported in our last edition, The Federal Magistrate in Grand Rapids heard oral arguments on February 1st in the case of DEA v MDCH, whereby the Drug Enforcement Agency is seeking confidential records of registered Medical Marijuana patients from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

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“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” - Jonathan Swift, ‘A Critical Essay upon the Faculties of the Mind’   In November, 2008, over 3 million Michigan voters approved the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act by a broad 63% margin, creating a situation that virtually eliminated the ‘criminal’ element that has profiteered on a multi-billion dollar underground industry for nearly 75-years, ever since the substance was classified as a ‘dangerous narcotic.

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For those with a passion for the tightly woven tapestries and elastic complexity of emotion that the idiom of Jazz music is capable of delivering through the hands of accomplished musicians, January is guaranteed to heat up considerably when The Blue Rhythm Quartet takes to the stage at the Grace A.

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With Republicans in the House vowing to repeal the new Health Care Law because of its alleged 'job killing tendencies', a recent in-depth report released last week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office shows that rather than saving taxpayers money, the Republican plan would actually increase federal deficits by $230 billion by the year 2001.

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Since our November 2nd edition when we reported on the Gulf Oil Spill Media blackout, which has blocked ‘Ground Zero coverage in Florida thanks to an Executive Order leveraged by President Obama that opens reporters to a $40,000 fine and a maximum sentence of 15 years for ‘unauthorized’ coverage, The Review has received a pair of follow-up dispatches and comments.

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“Writing has….been to me like a bath from which I have risen feeling cleaner, healthier, and freer.” – Henrik Ibsen, ‘Speeches and New Letters’ “At the age of 14 I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable.

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Roger Klemkosky has fastidiously involved himself with the daily details at Shirlene’s Cuisine for the past twenty-four years, with a hands-on approach that has paid off with massive legions of fans and consistent top honors in the Midland Daily News Readers poll.

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